Apple Crisp Shortbread Bars

Apple Crisp Shortbread Bars

As you pick those apples off the branches at the orchard, you might wonder - what can I do with all these? Well, you can make apple crisp shortbread bars and so many other wonderful apple treats.

Makes 9 - 16 squares


Shortbread layer:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour

Apple layer:

  • 4-5 medium peeled, cored and thinly sliced apples
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsps all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

Crumble layer:

  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 6 Tbsp unsalted butter, cubed


Shortbread crust:

Preheat oven to 350°F. Line and grease a 8x8" or 9x9" with parchment paper.

In a medium bowl, mix the butter and sugar until smooth. Add vanilla and continue mixing until dough resembles a crumble.

Press the dough evenly along the bottom of the line pan.

Bake for 12-14 minutes until dough rises a bit. Then cool.

Apple layer:

In a large bowl, mix your prepared apple slices with the lemon juice, flour, brown sugar and cinnamon. Pour this mixture onto the baked shortbread crust and spread evenly.


In a small bowl, mix the crumble layer and sprinkle over the apple layer.

Bake at 350°F for 40-45 minutes or until the apples bubble and the top is golden. Once ready, remove, cool and cut into bars.


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